<p>Toby Jones of &quot;The Girl&quot;</p>

Toby Jones of "The Girl"

Credit: HBO

TV Review: HBO's 'The Girl' demonizes Hitchcock

Telefilm makes Hitchcock nasty, but not interesting
Alfred Hitchcock was a larger-than-life figure who trafficked on his image. His famous silhouette was iconic and his visage and rotund form were familiar to smarter-than-thou audiences who eagerly awaited his regular cameos.
And when he died, I'm sure Alfred Hitchcock's spirit -- go with me here -- was able to float around in some other plane of existence confident that he had been both unique and, more importantly, unreproducible. Nature generated just one Alfred Hitchcock and the only man gifted enough at cinematic sleight of hand to create another was... Alfred Hitchcock. 
We live in a glorious age of movie magic. You can put Brad Pitt's face on a baby. You can erase wrinkles and make Jeff Bridges young again. You can create armies of zombies, with their flesh rotting off. And if you bury a reputable actor under enough latex, you can finally recreate Alfred Hitchcock in a way that calls attention to prosthetic craft without insulting the intelligence of the audience.
And with that, the floodgates have opened this fall, with a pair of biopics intending not to tell Hitch's life story, but merely to capture the auteur in one particular moment of his career, directing one of his most famous movies and dealing with one of his most famous blondes. Most remarkably of all, neither of them stars Andy Serkis in a mo-cap suit.
It's fairly easy to sense the objectives for each project, merely by looking at their titles and the profile of their stars. I haven't seen it, but all indications are that "Hitchcock," featuring Anthony Hopkins under pounds of makeup, will be straight-up hagiography. And I have seen it and I can verify that HBO's "The Girl," featuring Toby Jones under pounds of makeup, is straight-up iconoclasm. 
It's great that technical proficiency has allowed us the leeway to make these Hitchcock biopics, but as fictional chaos theory expert Dr. Ian Malcolm would be sure to remind us, just because you *can* do something doesn't mean you *should*. The Season of Hitchcock kicks off on Saturday (October 20) night with "The Girl," a rather superficial portrait of the artist as an icky man that makes its point within 10 minutes and then runs on fumes for an extra 90. 
Because of stars Jones and Sienna Miller, there are reasons to watch "The Girl," but the one-dimensional approach defeats any chance that any serious film fan will revise their opinions on much of anything.
[More after the break...]
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<p>&quot;The Walking Dead&quot;</p>

"The Walking Dead"

Credit: AMC

Interview: 'Walking Dead' producers Greg Nicotero and Gale Anne Hurd talk Season 3

Makeup whiz and 'Terminator' producer discuss zombie protocol
Last week, AMC's "The Walking Dead," premiered its third season to rather mind-boggling numbers.
The "Walking Dead" premiere drew 10.9 million viewers, including 7.3 million viewers among adults 18-49, shattering basic cable records. 
Before that launch, I ran my interviews with Glen Mazzara & Robert Kirkman and also with new breakout star Danai Gurira. 
I've still got my chat with David Morrissey saved for a later date, so up next? A lengthy interview with "Walking Dead" producers Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero. 
My conversation with Kirkman and Mazzara focused, for logical reasons, on Season 3 story points. This interview is more about nuts-and-bolts and logistics, the bigger picture of bringing "The Walking Dead" to TV. 
Nicotero and Hurd discuss this season's new prison set, the show's ongoing ability to push the edge of the gore envelope without network interference, zombie extra protocol and Nicotero's increasingly active directing profile on the show.
Click through for the full conversation. [Be warned that there are some spoilers from the premiere.]
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<p>Dana of &quot;Survivor: Philippines&quot;</p>

Dana of "Survivor: Philippines"

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Interview: Dana Lambert talks 'Survivor: Philippines'

Departed contestant discusses her medical evacuation
In a season dedicated to offering redemption for three of the most famously medically evacuated players in "Survivor" history, it almost would have been an affront to the show's Gods not to offer up at least one new sacrifice.
Unfortunately for Dana Lambert, she ended up being that sacrifice.
The 32-year-old North Carolina cosmetologist saw her "Survivor" journey come to a premature end on Wednesday's (October 17) episode when dehydration got the best of her. "Survivor" host Jeff Probst would be (and was) quick to note that the medic gave Dana a chance to stay in the game another 12 hours, an opportunity she declined, meaning that she removed herself from the competition.
In the first of two exit interviews this week, Dana explains that she had been battling increasing discomfort and, eventually, crippling pain since the beginning of the season. She also discusses many of the other things that viewers didn't get to see from her Kalabaw tribe, including her fire-starting skills and her ties with Jeff Kent. 
Click through for the full interview. And check back tomorrow night for the week's second "Survivor" exit interview.
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<p>The cast of &quot;Private Practice&quot;</p>

The cast of "Private Practice"

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Shonda Rhimes confirms the end of ABC's 'Private Practice'

Kate Walsh drama will end after 13-episode sixth season
Shonda Rhimes confirmed on Friday (October 19) afternoon that "Private Practice" will come to an end after its current 13-episode sixth season.
The end of "Private Practice" isn't exactly a surprise since star Kate Walsh's departure after 13 episodes was already set, but there had been hope from fans that the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff might continue despite drawing underwhelming ratings in its new-ish Tuesday 10 p.m. home.
The show's creator made the formal announcement on Friday via Twitter and her Shondaland.com website.
She writes:
"I'm sad to say that Private Practice's run will end after episode 613 this season. There was a lot of discussion and debate but, in the end, the guys at the network and the studio and I all decided that Private Practice was reaching its finish line. Creatively, we are all extremely proud of the show and especially proud of this season -- which you will all soon discover is a creative renaissance. I can't wait for you to see it.

It's heartbreaking to end. Truly. I feel so lucky to write for these characters and tell these stories and I truly feel this show has taught me so much as a writer. And there's a family here, of crew and cast, people who have bonded over these past five and a half seasons. It's rare for a show to go for more than 100 episodes and we are incredibly proud to have been such a show. And we're grateful to all of you for spending time with us for an hour every week for the last 6 years. It's meant the world.

Thank you."
"Private Practice" launched out of a 2007 "Grey's Anatomy" backdoor pilot and aired its first episode in September of that year. The drama, which also starred Paul Adelstein, Taye Diggs, Amy Brenneman and, until this season, Tim Daly, aired its 100th episode earlier this fall.
Depending on ABC's programming rotation, the "Private Practice" finale will likely air in late January or early February.
<p>Robert Patrick of &quot;Last Resort&quot;</p>

Robert Patrick of "Last Resort"

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Interview: 'Last Resort' star Robert Patrick discusses The COB's loyalties

'The Unit' star also talks about reuniting with Shawn Ryan
Robert Patrick's resume is littered with military titles. 
He's been sergeants and majors and commanders. He's also played an astounding variety of colonels, from "NCIS" to "Chuck" to "The Unit."
It was on "The Unit" that Patrick worked with Shawn Ryan, the man behind his latest military role, Master Chief Joseph Prosser on "Last Resort."
In one respect, Prosser is probably a villain on "Last Resort," in the sense that the Chief of Boat has developed an adversarial relationship with our ostensible hero, Andre Braugher's Captain Marcus Chaplin.
But "heroes" and "villains" aren't so clearly delineated on the Thursday night drama and in an interview last week, Patrick made it clear that Prosser is merely following his loyalties to the United States of America in the face of what he views as Marcus Chaplin's treason. Of course, don't expect things on "Last Resort" to be that simple, whether Prosser is about to foment revolt against Chaplin, or whether his loyalties are about to change.
In my conversation with Patrick, we discussed his reunion with Ryan, his new friend Andre Braugher and the very personal stake he has in his collection of military roles.
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<p>The stars of FOX's &quot;New Girl&quot;</p>

The stars of FOX's "New Girl"

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Baseball delay pushes 'X Factor,' 'New Girl' in FOX scheduling pile-up

Wednesday's truncated talent show episode shifts to next Tuesday
Mother Nature is a devious programming executive.
A simple rain delay in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series caused a pile-up that confused many viewers and will be rippling through FOX's schedule for weeks. 
With the game between the Giants and Cardinals on hold, but the chance of resumption hanging in the balance, FOX scrambled to fill programming on Wednesday, airing a smorgasbord of offerings including the pilot for "Ben and Kate," roughly an hour of the previously scheduled episode of "The X Factor" and a chunk of last week's "The Mindy Project."
When it became clear that the baseball game would return, FOX abruptly pulled the episode of "X Factor" half-way through the key episode meant to reveal the season's Top 16. This portion of "X Factor" aired on the East Coast and also, due to a technical issue, aired on the West Coast as a simulcast (in Pacific Time, FOX just aired last Wednesday's episode). 
FOX will now air the entirety of Wednesday's scheduled "X Factor" next Tuesday (the Thursday episode had already been preempted for baseball). In order to make way for two hours of "X Factor," FOX has now pulled the new episodes of "Raising Hope," "Ben and Kate," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" for a later date. "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" were already preempted this week due to the second Presidential Debate.
If you're keeping score at home, the Cardinals beat the Giants 3-1.
<p>Malcolm and Denise of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Malcolm and Denise of "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Philippines' - 'Got My Swag Back'

Would Jeff Kent be outed? Would a player be removed? Drama!
Pre-credit sequence. So. Tired. Of. Team Formerly Russell. This has been four straight eliminations, including the man who gave the tribe his name. It's only Malcolm and Denise now. "I thought this might happen on Day 39," says a lonely Malcolm. He doesn't know what's coming next, though Denise suggests they may be split up and sent to opposite tribes. "Everyone loves an underdog," Malcolm predicts, suggesting we'd be wise not to count them out. Sorry, man. I'm kinda counting you out and hoping for a Merge or Shuffle or some other Game Event I can pointlessly capitalize.
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<p>Demi Lovato and Jennel Garcia of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Demi Lovato and Jennel Garcia of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - Judges' Homes #3 - Judgement Night

A bizarrely truncated episode is pulled after an hour when baseball resumes

Due to a rain delay at the National League Championship Series, tonight's "X Factor" was delayed indefinitely and I used the extra time to watch "Survivor: Philippines" (but not to write my recap) just yet. 

The episode, which inexplicably is being simulcast on the West Coast, started at 8:40 ET and 5:40 Pacific as I was still finishing watching "Survivor."

Now, I'm gonna do a semi-live-blog and see how fast I can catch up to actual (canned) live. This should be fun!

Click through to see who made it to the Top 16 and will get to compete in the live shows...

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<p>Caitlin and Brittany of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Caitlin and Brittany of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Caitlin & Brittany talk 'The Amazing Race'

Latest eliminated team discusses cab problems and lack of TV time
Another week, another "Amazing Race" team done in by a problematic cab ride in a foreign country. 
Last week, it was Amy & Dan doomed by their driver's failure to find the proper Detour location, dropping them from second place to last on a lengthy misadventures.
On Sunday's (October 14) episode, it was Caitlin & Brittany whose pedicab wrong-turns led them into last and then briefly into next-to-last and then finally to elimination after going the wrong way at a fork in the road. 
In this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview, the two blonde friends discuss their cab problems, as well as their lack of screentime in early episodes. In addition, Brittany offers her opinion on the way her frustration was portrayed in the episode. 
Click through for the full interview...
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 154

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 154

Dan and Alan talk 'Emily Owens MD,' 'Hunted,' 'American Horror Story' and more


Happy Late Tuesday, Boys & Girls! Time for a later-than-we-were-hoping-for installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
We were delayed yesterday by my travel and the sheer quantity of stuff to watch and then time slipped through the cracks today as well.
But hopefully this podcast'll make it up before the premiere of "Emily Owens, MD" tonight. Or, at the least, it'll certainly make it up before tonight's premiere of MTV's "Underemployed."
That's not saying much. Sorry about the lateness.
But we discussed a lot of stuff this week, including HBO's "The Girl," FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum," Cinemax's "Hunted" and this week's episode of "Homeland."
Today's breakdown:
"Emily Owens MD" (00:01:00 - 00:08:15)
"Underemployed" (00:08:20 - 00:16:15)
"Suburgatory" (00:16:15 - 00:23:45)
"American Horror Story" (00:23:50 - 00:32:20)
"Hunted" (00:32:25 - 00:44:15)
"The Girl" (00:44:20 - 00:54:40)
Early cancellations (00:54:40 - 01:05:20)
"X Factor" Hosts (01:05:25 - 01:10:35)
"Homeland" (01:10:40 - 01:23:30)

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